LG Viewty Snap Review
The A-Class interface of LG resembles very much a simplified TouchWiz de Samsung, and we are not going to argue which has been first here. There are three homescreens which are prepopulated, and the typical dock at the bottom with shortcuts to your applications. On the default homescreen you can place widgets, the second hosts LG's Livesquare feature, which is a visually fun way to present your recent communication history with people as avatars, and the last homescreen is reserved for eight of your favorite contacts. The most useful additional widgets are the Facebook and weather ones.
The main menu is executed as a grid of icons, the applications are categorized in four sections as on other LG handsets – Communication, Entertainment, Utilities and Settings – and these sections span on two pages. The phonebook allows searching for contacts, and there is a smartdial functionality in the dialpad screen, which narrows the range of possible contacts with each letter you type.
The Organizer hub has a Calendar and Tasks applications in it - both barebones, but simple for creating a reminder to an event, or a quick task. Setting up an alarm is cleverly done via pressing the big clock on the homescreen and quickly typing in the time right on the spot. We had no issues with the other standard applications LG has included – calculator, memo, voice recorder, drawing panel, etc. - except for their speed of execution.
One major worry about the interface is the lag – we already mentioned that it takes time and effort for the screen to register a touch, but even afterwards things happen indecently slow.
The LG Viewty Snap asks for your email details right in the initial setup, and fixing our Gmail account was easy. The email application supports push technology, and can download up to 1MB of email content and attachments, which is about right for an entry level feature phone. Thankfully, there is a preinstalled document viewer for reviewing MS Office formats and PDF files, Unfortunately the lag we talked about in the interface, translates itself into the on-screen QWERTY keyboard as well. It is uncomfortable to type on the smallish 3” screen with lag. The same issue goes for the text messaging application – decent interface and functionality, but plagued by laggy response. On top of that, since there is no accelerometer, you have to switch keyboard orientation modes with a button each time.
Connectivity and Data:
The lack of 3G or Wi-Fi leaves you stuck with EDGE data speeds, which makes browsing a very long engagement, not to mention it gave us an error each time we tried to visit a page. There is no GPS module either. You can use LG's own synchronisation software for PC connectivity, though we didn't have any issue with both the phone memory and the microSD card being recognized straight away without having to install the program first.
Camera and Multimedia:
The 5MP camera with LED flash of the LG Viewty Snap is supposed to make us overlook all the drawbacks we mentioned above, considering the entry level price of the handset. The interface has enough settings and shooting modes (including continuous shot) to be considered advanced, and the macro mode can be toggled on or off straight from the initial screen. The handset takes decent photos outdoors in terms of focus and detail, but the colors come out dull and lifeless. Indoor shots turned out noisy, and the flash is not strong enough to illuminate even a fairly close scene properly. Video mode captures choppy 320x240 footage in MPEG-4 format with 15fps. If we forget about the low fps count, the video is with true colors and enough detail.
LG Viewty Snap sample video at 320x240 pixels resolution.
Zooming pictures selected from the gallery grid is done with the plus and minus zoom signs. Speaking of zoom, the LG Viewty Snap is supposed to have the so-called “Optic-all” technology for results resembling optical zoom without loss of quality – the only place that allowed us to use the 2x enlargement, though, was in the camera interface before shooting video.
The music player has a decent functionality, and categorizes your music files by artist, album, genre, or playlists. It even has a search function in all of these sections, and keeps playing in the background while you are doing something else, so no complaints about it, and the phone also offers an FM radio with RDS support, which needs a headset to boot. The loudspeaker on the back is of average strength and sound quality.
There is no dedicated video player icon in the main menu. Video files can be run through the gallery or the file browser, and the phone played MP4 videos with QVGA resolution as promised in the specifications, but that's as far as it goes.
2. AladdinSane posted on 27 Jul 2010, 07:20 0 0
I agree, RR...! Instead of offering a SUPERIOR device LG wastes time and energy on mediocrity. There are enough mediocre cellular phones out there all ready. This one only adds to that mix. Bummer. Peace!
3. anarkie posted on 27 Jul 2010, 08:40 0 0
I agree. Another POS. Sad, though. Not everyone wants a smartphone. LG used to be good for that market. Now it looks like Samsung has taken that role, but also made advances in smartphones. LG has some catching up to do if they want to keep some market share.
4. JAIN INDIA (unregistered) posted on 18 Aug 2010, 02:03 0 0
LOOKING IS BRILLIANT BUT SPECS ARE TOO OLD MISISNG 3g and wifi. I THINK SAMSUNG MONTE IS BETTER THAN THIS